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University of Rochester News for Parents, March 2015
tuition announcement, IML director named, financial aid updates, student health care, advice, sports honors, regional events



University Sets Tuition Rates for 2015–16

Tuition for undergraduates in the College will rise 2.8 percent to $47,450 in the 2015–16 academic year. Room and board will be $14,294, a 4.8 percent increase. The total cost of attendance increase is 3.3 percent. Tuition for the Eastman School will be $47,770, a 3.5 percent increase. Read more...

James Doser to Lead Institute for Music Leadership

James Doser ’79E, ’84E (MM), an award-winning educator and administrator, musician, and businessman, has been named director of the Eastman School’s Institute for Music Leadership. Read more...

Financial Aid Update

Financial aid applications for returning students are due May 1. Application instructions were emailed directly to students in February. To check application requirements, your student can review the "required documents" tab in his or her FAOnline account. If your student is interested in taking classes over the summer, the Financial Aid Office asks you to encourage him or her to set up a meeting with their financial aid counselor to discuss funding options.

Reminder: Student Account Balances

Student account balances must be paid in full for students in the College to participate in the 2015–16 housing lottery and fall 2015 registration. Registration begins April 6 and the housing contracts deadline is April 8. For more information about your student's account, contact the Bursar's Office on the River Campus at (585) 275-3931.

University Named 'Tree Campus' for 5th Straight Year

The University achieved Tree Campus USA status again by meeting the program’s five standards, which include maintaining a tree advisory committee, a campus tree-care plan, dedicated annual expenditures toward trees, an Arbor Day observance, and student service-learning projects. Read more...

Health Insurance for Graduating Students

Graduating students are encouraged to check their health insurance status to assure continuing coverage and access to health care following graduation. Students enrolled in the University-sponsored Aetna Student Health insurance are covered through July 31, 2015. If your student is on your insurance plan, University Health Service recommends checking with your insurance company to determine if coverage continues after graduation. Students may be eligible for insurance through the Affordable Care Act Insurance Exchange in your state. For more information, check the UHS website.

UHS Is Here to Help

University Health Service helps students receive the care and attention to help them through an illness—whether it is mono, the flu, chicken pox, or recovery following surgery. UHS is your student’s doctor’s office on campus. Care is provided by a staff of physicians, nurse practitioners, and registered nurses. Care by UHS’s staff of physicians, nurse practitioners, and registered nurses is covered by the mandatory health fee, regardless of the student’s insurance plan. Click here to read about the ways UHS can be helpful when your student is ill. 

High School Students Can Experience College Life

The University’s Pre-College Programs allow high school students to explore the University and its resources as if they were students. Students can earn college credit in a variety of subjects, live on campus, or participate in an experiential off-campus and abroad program. Registration is open for all 2015 sessions. Visit to learn more. Questions? Contact the Office of Pre-College Programs at (585) 275-3221, toll free at (888) 822-2256, or at Discounts apply for children and grandchildren of University employees, alumni, and siblings of current students. Learn more in this video.



Make a Plan, Check It Twice

Spring break “divides the semester into two halves for many students: the challenging but optimistic first half of the semester and the intensely busy, sometimes worrisome, second half of the semester,” writes Marcy Kraus, director of the College Center for Advising Services and dean of freshmen. “Successful students return from spring break with a plan in mind.” Read more...

Resources for students:


Rochester Men Win State Indoor Track Team Title

Rochester's last New York State Collegiate Track Conference title came in the 1967 season as part of back-to-back team titles. Read more...

In Other Sports News ...

Women’s track team places third at New York State indoor championships

Freshman Michaelangelo Bertocchi captures second consolation bracket of College Squash Association individual championships

Two sophomores named to All-UAA team in men’s basketball

UAA Rookie of the Year Al Leslie ’18 is first freshman to earn First Team All-UAA accolades in basketball; she's joined on the All-UAA team by three teammates

Four squash players named to the Liberty League All-Conference team

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Student Life


Stepping Up

The Black Students’ Union hosts an annual competition fostering community and celebrating African-American dance. Alexandra Poindexter ’15, president of BSU, talks about the step show and its role in connecting the University with the community. Read more...


Hip-Hop Dance Battle Highlights Dance Festival

The inspireJam hip-hop dance battle was among the popular events at this year’s inspireDance Festival. The danceoff marks its third year with high energy and record participation. Watch the video.

Rochester's Neighbors On Ice

Students, staff, faculty, and neighbors gathered for an afternoon of food and fun at the Genesee Valley Ice Rink. This year's annual ice skating party marked the 50th anniversary of the 19th Ward Community Association, and an ever-deepening rapport between the University community and the 19th Ward neighborhood. Watch the video.

Regional Events

Parents, You are Always Welcome

Parents of current College and Eastman students, as members of the University community, are regularly invited to regional events.

Online Programs

Upcoming webinars and online sessions (all times EDT) include presentations on career advancement. (Registration is required.)

April 1, 8 p.m., Use Your Strengths to Create a Rewarding and Satisfying Career

April 8, 8 p.m. CareerSkills—Just Listen

April 15, 8 p.m., CareerSkills—The Fine Art of Small Talk

Rochester Events

Visit the University calendar for upcoming events at the University.
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